Monday, March 28, 2011

Pop Sculpture by Tim Bruckner

Pop Sculpture is a guide to making great action figures and highly detailed collectible statues. Some of the most talented individuals in the business pool their knowledge and secrets into this book to aid any aspiring toymakers. The book starts with a brief introduction to the industry and its impact on American culture. The book then dives into the detailed tutorial of two different items: the traditional action figure and the collectible sculpture. This guide addresses every stage in the creation process from research and design to mold making to painting. With hundreds of pictures showing each step in the process, Pop Sculpture is a definitive look at the artistic process of bringing some of our favorite characters to life.
The collaboration of action figure icons for this book is what makes Pop Sculpture a must-read for anyone planning on joining the industry. However, for those who are more interested in the history of action figures and comic book characters, this is not the book for you. Pop Sculpture focuses on the technical aspects of making action figures and collectible statues. Furthermore, the authors provide very valuable insight for certain stages of the toy making process. These pieces of information from some of the most experienced designers in the industry create the value in this book. Overall, Pop Sculpture is a great technical guide, but it is not by any means a historical perspective for the casual reader.

Reviewer Age:21
Reviewer City, State and Country: Eden Prairie, Minnesota United States

1 comment:

James B. said...

If you are a budding sculptor (like myself) and want to learn how these fantastic figures and statues are sculpted, then this book is NOT for you!! The way this book was advertised and given fantastic reviews by everybody, I thought that it would be the ideal book for me to learn the sculpting methods of the masters like Bruckner, Oat, Procopio etc. Sadly, that wasn't the case.

This book is full of description of the materials they use, the tools they use, the colors they use and numerous images of their completed statues. But it doesn';t show you HOW they sculpted those statues, HOW they used those tools or material. I was hoping for step-by-step photos showing how these pros transform a lump of clay or block of wax into a beautiful sculpture. I was hoping for chapters on things like how to sculpt faces, how to sculpt hands, how to sculpt accessories, clothes etc etc but there is nothing like that.

Seriously, this book is only for people who ALREADY know how to sculpt and that is how it should have been advertised as.